Debut Episode Delivers a Bird’s Eye View of Life In Lagos, Nigeria, Today Through the Eyes of Four Dynamic Individual Contributing To The Community
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – (June 1st, 2013) – My Africa Is, a new independent documentary series taking viewers beyond the headlines and inside the continent, will release its debut episode “The Lagos Chronicles,” on June 12, 2013. Developed specifically for the web, the three 5-minute episodes will focus on life in Africa’s biggest metropolis and will reach more than 100,000 viewers who visit host-partner sites such as BellaNaija, CP-Africa, Afroklectic, Niaje.com, ThisisAfrica.me, and African Architecture Matters.
Launched in the summer of 2012 with the mission to change the lens and narrative focused on Africa, My Africa Is challenges outdated and incomplete perceptions about life on the continent, by capturing a more in depth narrative as seen through the eyes and lives of locals in various African cities. Tackling misconceptions about Africa one city at a time, season 1 begins its cross-continent journey in Lagos, Nigeria.
“Our goal is to stimulate a whole new level of awareness about Africa,” said Executive Producer and Host, Nosarieme Garrick. “Perceptions are shaped by what we see, so we’re staying true to our vision to change the lens, not the topic on Africa. My Africa Is is a credible resource and visual gateway to Africa, keeping it real and embracing the challenges as well as the successes our subjects experience, as they navigate the realities of their various cities.”
Filmed on location in February this year in partnership with the local production company 37th State Productions, producer Wale Davies of Davies Media Ltd, and cinematographer Ibemele Ahamefula, the Lagos Chronicles captures a gritty, true-life perspective of the views and realities of three different narratives, layering a multi-perspective story-telling approach that engages the audience and provides unique insights into revealing aspects of the characters’ lives –
Kunle Adeyemi: The Architect behind the floating school in Makoko
Lakin Ogunbanwo: One of Lagos’s star fashion photographers, whose work has been featured in Italian Vogue
Bilikiss Abiola: The founder of the WeCylers a recycling initiative putting a community to work in curbing the waste of plastic
My Africa Is season 1 will air every Wednesday, starting the 12th of June, with a total of 3 episodes. The series premiere will be marked by screening events in New York City and Washington DC, sponsored by Nigeria’s Arik Airlines, and offering a raffle of free round trip tickets from New York City to Lagos, Nigeria.
To view the trailer and a complete list of partner sites, visit www.myafricais.com.
Hashtag for My Africa Is Lagos Chronicles: #MAILagos
ABOUT MY AFRICA IS
My Africa Is aims to change the narrative around the African continent, through an ongoing webseries, as well as its online multi-media platform. The series highlights unexpected developments on the continent by glimpsing into the lives of the individuals behind these developments in various sectors.